Illustration: Kieran Moore

Winter Festival 2014 video trailer

Still not sure what to come to in our Winter Festival this year? Not to worry! Our Programme Director: Festivals, Kate Kelly, takes you through some of the festival’s highlights, from early music performances by The Sixteen, Iestyn Davies and The English Concert, to contemporary works from Quatuor Diotima and Scanner. There’s also an elements…

Interview: composer & performer John Barber

We’ve worked with John Barber for many years, from his magnificent composing of community opera We Are Shadows with librettist Hazel Gould to his work on the Big Sing in 2008. John is now joining us as both a performer and composer at our Summer Festival, so we took a moment to talk to him…

The greatest song of all time?

After their sell-out performance at last year’s Winter Festival, The Sixteen return with a sacred and sensuous set of Palestrina, Victoria and new works by John Barber all inspired by the Song of Songs. The Song of Songs is an immensely influential biblical text which has remained a vast source of inspiration for composers from…

5 Reasons to get excited about Early Music this summer

This summer you’re in for a treat as we bring the finest early music talent to East London! Here are our top five reasons to get excited about our upcoming early music offerings: 1. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment The ground-breaking OAE are our Associate Artists! They’ll be getting involved in all areas of…

Sounds: The Sixteen sing Britten

On Tuesday 17 December, The Sixteen will be joined by the Opera North Children’s Chorus for the closing night of our Winter Festival. They’ll be performing a seasonal programme packed with awe-inspiring work by Britten and Poulenc, including Britten’s impressive Ceremony of Carols, perfect for a winter’s night. Britten would have been 100 years old…

What’s on this winter: Seasonal staff picks

Where can you see intercultural improv followed by the best of Benjamin Britten? Read on to find out more. Our new programme is brimming with exciting things to see and hear. Members of the Spitalfields Music team share with you what they’re most looking forward to at our Winter Festival 2013: Kate I’m really looking…